Wolf Alice Interview

By: editor

After being introduced to each other by a mutual friend three and a half years ago, We catch up with lead singer Ellie from London based indie-rock quartet, Wolf Alice. In this exclusive interview with Bourne2GoOut, Ellie explains what life in the band is like,We also discover what Wolf Alice  have in store at their Glastonbury and Reading Festival appearance. Ellie spills on what to expect to see from the debut album “My Love is Cool” to be released June 23rd, why we should buy a copy for our nans and the plans behind the Autumn Tour, which sees a date at Southampton Guildhall on 23rd September.

 

Hello Ellie, thanks for taking the time to speak to us today, how are you? 

I’m good thank you. We have just been at our rehearsal studio, polishing off our set and sorting out some new songs ready for the festival season.

 

If you could describe Wolf Alice in 3 words, what would they be?

I wouldn’t want to narrow Wolf Alice down to just 3 words, but i guess if i had to choose then they be; distorted, fun and emotional.

 

What’s it like being the only girl in the band?

It’s fine being the only girl , I don’t have to keep the guys in check and they’re not like over protective brothers either. We are all just four individual people. We know how to give each other space and we know when to leave each other alone. We have been touring with each other long enough to work out what pushes people buttons. If your in such a close proximity with a small group of people for such a time then it’s important to work that out.

 

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Ever since May last year our tours have really picked up pace. They have become more busy, energetic and exciting. Every time we tour the UK i feel that we are doing well as theres always a new marker to add to our achievements. However, i think that our biggest achievement would be finishing our debut album [My Love is Cool] as it took us a long time.

 

What has been your favourite venue to play at?

I think one of the best venues in London to play at would be Shepherds Bush Empire, it is a really beautiful venue. I like playing Dingwalls in Camden and another lovely venue we played at, was with The 1975. It was an old converted theatre in Dublin, really beautiful, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was called.

 

Can you describe your creative process?

I write some of the songs but we have slightly different methods to write a song as we haven’t found a set way of how we work together.  For example one person might write something at home, then we all learn it or someone might bring in a riff and we all jam around that riff and write something based around that or someone might have written the music but no melody, so it’s all different processes.

 

Who are your influences?

We all have different influences but we like Queens of the Stone Age they are a really good melodic rock band. We are open minded and listen to the likes of Dj harvey, The Pixies and Nirvana all the way through to Miley Cyrus, Sia and Rihanna.

 

What band would you like to do a collaboration with?

Deftones.

 

What can we expect to see at the Southampton Guildhall tour date?

It is going to be the first time that we will be playing every single track from the album. We have never done that before, so they’re will be some new tracks that we will be performing in Southampton that we will be playing live, for the first time in front of an audience. We are going to step up the production too, it’s not like we never thought about that side of things before, but I think now we have a album out. Back then we didn’t feel that we were worthy. So it will be very exicting.

 

Wolf Alice are scheduled to perform at Glastonbury and Reading festival this year, are you excited?

Yeah, really excited it will be nice to go back. The last time we played Glastonbury we were really nervous  and this time round we will be more confident and better at our instruments. so overall a more pleasent experience for the band.

 

So what are the plans after the sets?

I think we will be staying [at the festival], I love Glastonbury we always have a really good time. Theres lots of bands I want to see and I think if the weather provides I will treat it as a nice mini break.

 

Are you a ‘Glamper’ or a ‘Camper’?

I used to be a camper and absolutely loved it as it was really fun, but not anymore. It’s not that I’m high maintenance but I have had one too many nasty experiences of sleeping in a wet sleeping bag and not having any money to buy dinner. So now I welcome comfort, but it is all down to what the weather is like. I mean, if it was nice and sunny then I will do whatever.

 

You have been relentlessly touring this year and have even more touring to do for the remainder. With dates including Australia, Texas, Europe and Japan, how do you find life on the road?

I don’t think that I get homesick,  if it’s a long tour then its always the last stretch that is the hardest. I have so much fun and I really enjoy it and I would not be thinking about home at all, but once you can see the end is in sight, that’s what gets you thinking, then you want to come home to see your friends and family. But to be honest we are still at the early stage and so grateful and thankful to be touring in the first place, even though its hard you know it’s definitely worth it, so you don’t really mind.

 

Have you got an exciting tour story to tell us?

We do exciting stuff all the time. We travelled at the dead of night through the desert in America [California]  and stopped off to the see the Marfa Lights, which is a strange natural phenomena. You see these lights in the sky dance around which can only be described as what a spaceship might look like, it was amazing.

 

What has been your inspiration for the debut Album ” My Love is Cool’ to be released 23rd June 2015?

We don’t have just one inspiration for the album as we have been writing this album sporadically for 3 years now. There was no concept or theme to decide it.

 

What is your favourite track on the debut album?

At the moment i really like “You’re a Germ” and “Turn to Dust”.

 

What advice would you give for a band hoping to start out in the industry?

Keep writing, as you can’t be in a band without any songs. The more you write the more material you will have and the better you will get. Seize every opportunity you get, there is no such thing as a “cool” thing and a “uncool” thing to do, you just need to do everything and work really hard.

 

Do you think it is an advantage being in a band and living in London?

No,  I think it is too hard to be in a band and living in London it is too expensive to live here. If you want to put in the amount of time that is really needed to be in a new band you need to be fully focused with full time commitment which is not fair, because you need a side job to earn money and survive and fund the band, its a vicious circle. I think London is probably one of the worst places to live if you are in a band, but of course, there is endless opportunities to be playing here, compared to other places to live, and if you are in a band and are not based in London, you will probably find yourself travelling here all the time anyway, so swings and round-a-bouts I suppose.

 

What is the best thing about being in Wolf Alice?

Best thing would be, being able to write and perform to other people and seeing other people enjoy it as much as you enjoy it.

 

What is in store for the future for Wolf Alice?

Playing as many shows as possible and hopefully we will be bringing out a 2nd album as soon as possible.

 

As we come to a close with this interview, is there anything else you would like to add?

23rd June our Album comes out [“My Love is Cool”], support us and buy a copy for your nan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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